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The female silhouette of the middle of the 19th century consisted of a fitted corseted bodice and wide full skirts.  The conical skirts developed between the 1830s, when the high waist of the Empire silhouette was lowered and the skirts became more bell shaped, to the late 1860s, when the fullness of the skirts were pulled to the back and the bustle developed

The female silhouette of the middle of the 19th century consisted of a fitted corseted bodice and wide full skirts. The conical skirts developed between the 1830s, when the high waist of the Empire silhouette was lowered and the skirts became more bell shaped, to the late 1860s, when the fullness of the skirts were pulled to the back and the bustle developed

Afternoon Dress, Charles Frederick Worth (French (born England), Bourne 1825–1895 Paris) for the House of Worth (French, 1858–1956): ca. 1872, French, silk. "The full-blown bustle silhouette had its first Victorian appearance in the late 1860s, which started as fullness in skirts moving to the back of the dress. This fullness was drawn up in ties for walking that created a fashionable puff..."

Afternoon Dress, Charles Frederick Worth (French (born England), Bourne 1825–1895 Paris) for the House of Worth (French, 1858–1956): ca. 1872, French, silk. "The full-blown bustle silhouette had its first Victorian appearance in the late 1860s, which started as fullness in skirts moving to the back of the dress. This fullness was drawn up in ties for walking that created a fashionable puff..."

Evening ensemble  Worth and Bobergh   Designer: Charles Frederick Worth (French (born England), Bourne 1825–1895 Paris) Date: 1862–65 Culture: French Medium: silk

Evening ensemble Worth and Bobergh Designer: Charles Frederick Worth (French (born England), Bourne 1825–1895 Paris) Date: 1862–65 Culture: French Medium: silk

Day dress, 1850’s  From the Kent State University Museum Pinterest  - See more at: http://fripperiesandfobs.tumblr.com/post/64030147324/day-dress-1850s-from-the-kent-state-university#sthash.KWwEnCO8.dpuf

Day dress, 1850’s From the Kent State University Museum Pinterest - See more at: http://fripperiesandfobs.tumblr.com/post/64030147324/day-dress-1850s-from-the-kent-state-university#sthash.KWwEnCO8.dpuf

Walking dress Date: ca. 1865 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 16 in. (40.6 cm) Length at CB (b): 47 in. (119.4 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of The Jason and Peggy Westerfield Collection, 1969 Accession Number: 2009.300.3336a, b

Walking dress Date: ca. 1865 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 16 in. (40.6 cm) Length at CB (b): 47 in. (119.4 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of The Jason and Peggy Westerfield Collection, 1969 Accession Number: 2009.300.3336a, b

Purple velvet skirt and daytime bodice believed to have been made by Elizabeth Keckley for Mary Lincoln, 1861-62  National Museum of American History

Purple velvet skirt and daytime bodice believed to have been made by Elizabeth Keckley for Mary Lincoln, 1861-62 National Museum of American History

Morning dress (image 1) | American | 1859-60 | silk | Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession Number: 1977.204.1

Morning dress (image 1) | American | 1859-60 | silk | Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession Number: 1977.204.1

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